Who has not heard of the mythical Greece? Who was not passionate about the story of Orpheus and Euridice and did not shed tears over the fate of Ikar? Our entire modern civilization is steeped in Greek culture and philosophy, and many language expressions come from ancient Greece. This country is not only an opportunity to travel through hundreds of years of development of our culture, but also an incredible opportunity to enjoy the charms of sailing around thousands of Greek islands and islets (their number is estimated at various amounts from over 2000 to 6000). So there is a lot to choose and where to go to the ports, located on the shores of the four seas: Aegean, Cretan, Ionian and Mediterranean. Many of these ports provide free mooring for boats.
Just as countless monuments of Greece will not let us down, the weather in Greek waters will not disappoint. Yacht charter starts here in March and lasts until October. However, to fully enjoy the beautiful weather and warm water, it is worth going on a cruise around Greece from May to August. The warmest is in July and August - this month the water in the sea is the warmest and reaches 25 degrees C.
The beginning of your adventure with Greece is worth starting in Athens. Here we will visit the unforgettable Acropolis, a city on a hill. We will see the Parthenon, a huge temple, towers, two ancient theaters and many, many other monuments. Then we can stroll the bustling streets of Monastiraki with the Hadrian's Library in the background.
After absorbing thousands of years of our history, we will visit, for example, the huge port of Marina Alimos (Kalamaki) and we will lodge on our dream yacht.
For sailors taking their first steps, a safe solution is to go on a weekly cruise around the Saronic Gulf. Good winds will favor us here. It is worth going to the island of Aegina to taste the famous pistachio nuts, figs and grapes. And visit the oldest archaeological museum in Greece, and in the fishing village of Perdika visit numerous taverns and savor Greek culture. Then, to relax on the beach among the pines, we can go to the island of Poros. And from it to Hydra, where, apart from city services, no one moves cars, the only allowed transport takes place on donkeys and horses. From Hydra, we will sail to the Argolic Gulf, leaving the Saronic Gulf.
Cyclades are waiting for real sea wolves, where our peace can be disturbed by the strong wind of Meltemi. This archipelago is located in the southwest of the Aegean Sea. Certainly, every lover of history or nature will find something for themselves - there are over 200 islands and islets to choose from. The most visited islands are Mykanos and Santorini. This, of course, does not mean that they are not worth seeing. On Mykanos, we will be charmed by rows of white, stone windmills, thatched, standing at the seashore in a district called Little Venice. Walking on the colorful streets of the island, with some disbelief we can meet the pelican Petros, which is the symbol of the island. And for lovers of all-night fun there are many attractions, as in Ibiza.
On the magical island of Santorini (also known as Thira) we can climb the volcano Nea Kamen, on the way we have an island delicacy - tomatokeftedes (tomato chops). Upstairs will delight us with an unforgettable view. It is also worth visiting the village of Oia and wait there for sunset, one of the most beautiful in the world. Countless monuments await us in the island's capital Thir.
Arriving in Santorini, we can moor our yacht, e.g. in the Vlikadha fishing port, but be careful of the shallow waters.
From Santorini, we can sail to Naxos - the largest island of Cicadas. Here, ancient monuments, high mountains and sandy beaches await us, including wild and more peaceful ones. For a change, sailing further we will visit one of the smallest islands of the archipelago: Delos, where important archaeological excavations are carried out. We will see here many valuable traces of ancient civilization, with craft houses at the forefront.
Of course, it is also worth visiting many other islands, including those well known from travel agencies, such as Rhodes, Corfu, and Zakynthos.
It is worth remembering that the Greek islands are very popular among sailors and often in their few classic marinas it is cramped and their standard is slightly worse than e.g. in Croatia. Mooring in fishing ports and beautiful bays is popular. The fees are lower than in other countries, and you can often moor for free at anchor. The sun, turquoise waters, friendly people, cheap food and wonderful monuments are reason enough to set off on your magical journey to Ithaca with Odysseus.